John and Paola, thanks for your comments. I understand that there are
many variables. I would like to convey to a non-computer scientist
audience the significant effort that goes into software production in
order to motivate software and component re-use. Otherwise a naive
person may ask "why not just create the software you need on demand
If its not possible to give anything near an order-of-magnitude-
industry-average-answer or range I understand.
On 9 May 2011, at 23:27, John Daughtry wrote:
And what activities are you including in "producing"?
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On May 9, 2011, at 6:25 PM, Paola Kathuria <pa...@limov.com> wrote:
John Domingue wrote:
I'm looking for pointers to how much time and cost is associated
producing software code.
I am somewhat flumoxed by this question. What kind of an answer were
The time to produce code can depend on:
- what one is trying to build
- what it's built from
- development methodology used
- business model
- size of the team
- the skill of the developer(s)
- regulatory requirements
- the number of client changes accommodated
- the deadline
In addition, cost depends on:
- developer salaries
- company overheads
This assumes it's software developed for profit. Open-source
software is different.
The price quoted to the client is something else entirely.
Similar "it depends" questions are: how much time and cost is
with making a film / a meal / a school ?
Paola (with help from Frank)
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